Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Parlez-vous Alasatian?

Good afternoon bloggers! Welcome to a brand new entry to Everyday Meals. As always, I'm the host with the most (recipes that is), Mandie. Today, we will be trying our hand at a traditional French recipe hailing from Alsace. Alsace is the 5th smallest region in France.  It is located along France's eastern border on the bank of the upper Rhine. Most of the cuisine in Alsace is based on Germanic culinary traditions. The food dishes are substantial and served in very generous portions. So, with a little history and culture fused into your lives, I feel that we can now begin. Let's get to the kitchen and get cooking!

Alsatian Pork and Sauerkraut

You will need:

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (16 ounce) can sauerkraut, drained
  • 1.5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • 3 potatoes, quartered
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 12 juniper berries
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 pound kielbasa sausage, cut into 3 inch pieces

Let's do this!

  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep pot, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring to turn pieces occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. 
  2. Drain the bacon pieces on a paper towel-lined plate. With a paper towel, wipe the bacon grease out of the pot but keep as much of the brown bits as possible. 
  3. Stir in the onion, sauerkraut, brown sugar, and chicken broth, stirring to dissolve the sugar. 
  4. Add the potatoes and apple slices. 
  5. Place the juniper berries, peppercorns, cloves, parsley, and bay leaf into a small cheesecloth square, and tie the ends together to make a spice bag (or place the spices into a stainless steel tea ball). 
  6. Place the spice bag into the pot, and add the pork chops and kielbasa sausage pieces. 
  7. Add more chicken broth, if needed, to just cover the ingredients. 
  8. Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, about 1 hour. 
  9. To serve, use a slotted spoon to remove the sauerkraut, potatoes, and apple slices to the center of a serving platter. 
  10. Arrange bacon, pork chops, and kielbasa pieces around the outside of the platter.
  11. Enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy this quiet afternoon. Have a blast trying something new. Remember, it's only wrong if it taste wrong. Haha. I'll catch you all on the flip side. Happy blogging to all! <3